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Pixel 8 Pro Battery Drain: How to Fix

In this guide, we will show you various methods to fix the battery drain issue on your Pixel 8 Pro. There are some things constant in nature: life, death, taxes, and Pixel’s battery drain issue. Ever since it decided to ditch the Qualcomm ecosystem and jump over to its own [and Samsung’s] Tensor chipset, it has witnessed a plethora of issues related to network, modem, overheating, and battery drain.

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While users are eagerly awaiting every year that things will be different this time around, however, it all pans down to the same old Pixel buggy behavior that we have now gotten used to. And the eighth iteration of the device is no different either as a slew of complaints are already lined up across numerous forums [Reddit 1 2, 3, Google forums] regarding the astronomical amount of battery drain issues on the Pixel 8 Pro which is making a mockery of the screen on time as well.

Truth be told, until Google completely ditches the Exynos-based Tensor, these issues are going to continue, but still, the below-listed workarounds should help you get some temporary respite from this infuriating bug. So without further ado, let’s check them out.

Fix Pixel 8 Pro Battery Drain

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It is recommended that you try out each of the below-mentioned workarounds and then see which one spells out success. So with that in mind, let’s get started.

FIX 1: Restrict App’s Battery Usage

We will start off by restricting the issue-causing app’s uncontrolled battery usage in the background. So let’s first identify the culprit app and then apply the said restriction:

  1. To begin with, head over to the Settings menu on your device.
  2. Then go to Battery > Battery Usage section.
  3. Now refer to the apps under the ‘App usage for past 24 hr’.
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  4. Tap on the first app in that list and select Restricted from the menu.
  5. Likewise, do so for all the apps that occupy a higher position in that list.
  6. Once done, verify if it fixes the excessive battery drain issue on your Pixel 8 Pro.

FIX 2: Disable Always On Display

Always on Display has ‘always’ been notoriously infamous for draining an astronomical amount of battery juice. So as of now, it’s better to keep it disabled. Here’s how it could be done:

  1. Head over to Settings > Display > Lock Screen.
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  2. Within that, disable the Always Show Time and Info toggle.
  3. Check if it does any good in fixing the excessive battery drain issue on your Pixel 8 Pro.

FIX 3: Disable Mobile Data Always Active

Even if you are using WiFi, your device will still continue to have the Mobile Data active. This is because if your device isn’t able to pick up the WiFi signals, then it will automatically switch over to the carrier data.

On the plus side, there will be no considerable productivity loss and you will continue to be online. But on the flip side, it is sure to result in a drop in the battery percentage. Therefore you should consider disabling this feature, which could be done as follows.

  1. First off, you will have to enable Developer Options. So go to Settings > About Phone > Tap on Build Number 7 times.
  2. You will now get a prompt that you are now a developer. Now go to Settings > System > Developer Options.
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  3. Within that, scroll to the Mobile Data Always Active option and turn it off.
  4. Check if it is able to fix the excessive battery drain issue on your Pixel 8 Pro.

FIX 4: Lower the Screen Timeout

Screen Timeout is the duration after which your display will turn off. Every extra second the ‘pixel’ display is turned out, it will consume a minute amount of battery. But this when combined over the due course of time will lead to uncurbed battery use. So it’s better to limit its usage, using the instructions given below.

  1. So head over to Settings > Display on your device.
  2. Then go to the Screen Timeout option.
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  3. Now select either 15 seconds or 30 seconds at the very max.
  4. Check if it fixes the excessive battery drain issue on your Pixel 8 Pro.
Also Read: How to Increase Screen Timeout Duration Beyond 30 Minutes on Android

FIX 5: Disable Tap to Wake

Tap to Wake is an accessible feature (kind of) that allows you to wake up your device, check the pending notifications and carry out other related tasks, without the need to unlock your phone. While it is quite a handy feature, but it comes at a cost of a lavish expenditure on the battery quota. So as of now, the best bet is to disable both its associated features, which could be done as follows:

  1. Start off by going to Settings > Display.
  2. Then go to the Lock Screen section.
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  3. Now disable the Tap to Check Phone and Lift to Check Phone features.
  4. Check if it fixes the excessive battery drain issue on your Pixel 8 Pro.

FIX 6: Use Battery Saver Mode

You all saw this coming, didn’t you? On a serious note though, this method gave out the best mileage when it comes to rectifying the battery issue. But why have we listed it in the end? Well, it’s because upon enabling it, you will have to sacrifice some other features.

This includes bidding adieu to the high refresh rate, the auto-sync feature, and the like. So if you are ready for this trade-off of gaining a few additional battery juices in return for a not-so-optimal usage experience, then here’s what you need to do:

  1. To begin with, head over to the Settings menu on your device.
  2. Then go to Battery > Battery Saver.
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  3. Now enable the toggle next to Use Battery Saver.
  4. You will now definitely witness some positive results when it comes to fixing the Pixel 8 Pro excessive battery drain issue.

FIX 7: Enable Extreme Battery Saver

If you wish to take an even more aggressive approach, then consider enabling the Extreme Battery Saver Mode as well. This mode will pause the functionality of most apps and services. At the same time, it gives you the option to add the desired apps to the whitelist, that is, they wouldn’t be affected by this mode.

So before going to bed, you could consider enabling this feature and then turning it back on in the morning. At the same time, make sure that all your essential apps are added to the whitelist so that they don’t get affected by this feature. On that note, here’s how to enable and use this feature on your Android 12 device:

  1. Head over to Settings > Battery > Battery Saver option.
  2. Then go to Extreme Battery Saver > When to use and select Always Use.
  3. Now go back a menu to the Essential Apps section and add your desired apps there.
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FIX 8: Turn off Adaptive Connectivity

One of the most underrated culprits of this issue seems to be Adaptive Connectivity. For the unaware, this feature helps your device to automatically switch from 5G to 4G whenever it deems fit. For example, when you are using an instant messenger app or just scrolling through feeds, then the Adaptive Connectivity feature will switch from 5G to 4G to preserve the battery life. On the other hand, if you are streaming a movie, then it will again switch back to 5G.

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But since it is constantly working in the background, the battery that it ends up draining proves to be more than the battery percent that it managed to preserve! Moreover, numerous Pixel 6/Pro users in the past had voiced their concern that Mobile Network Standby is draining an excessive amount of battery on their devices. Since it is a part of Adaptive Connectivity, turning off the latter has worked wonders in preserving the battery juice. So let’s put this fix to the test and check out the results:

  1. Head over to the Settings menu on your device.
  2. Then go to the Network and Internet section.
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  3. After that, scroll to Adaptive Connectivity and disable the toggle next to it.
  4. Check if it fixes the excessive battery drain issue on your Pixel 8 Pro.

FIX 9: Disable Physical Activity Permission

If you have a Samsung Galaxy smartwatch, then you must have the Samsung Health app installed on your device as well. As of now, one of its components is proving to be a major culprit both in terms of battery drainage and device overheating. It’s the Physical Activity permission of the app that is hogging excessive resources.

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For the unaware, this permission allows your device to count the steps, without depending on your smartwatch. However, as of now, the app isn’t optimized for Android 13, so it’s better to restrict its aforementioned permission, which could be done as follows [Some users are speculating that Pixel has specifically done so to push their upcoming smartwatch! Well, we leave it up to you to decide!]

  1. To begin with, head over to Settings > Apps > See All Apps.
  2. Then select the Samsung Health App and go to its Permission section.pixel 8 pro battery drain
  3. After that select the Physical Activity permission under Allowed.
  4. Now change its permission to Don’t Allow and check out the results.

Format Data

if none of the aforementioned steps worked out in your favor, then your last course of action should be to delete all the data from your device and set it up from scratch. This will remove all the corrupt user data and system settings and could well rectify the issue that we are currently dealing with. So let’s give it a try using the below-listed steps and then check out the results.

  1. To begin with, head over to Settings > System > Reset Options.
  2. Then tap on Erase All Data (Factory Reset) > Erase All Data.pixel 8 pro battery drain
  3. Wait for the process to complete. Once done, set up your device.
  4. Now verify whether it fixes the battery-related issue on your Pixel.

That’s it. These were the various methods to fix the excessive battery drain issues on your Pixel 8 Pro. As far as the official stance on this matter is concerned, the developers are yet to acknowledge this issue, let alone give out any ETA for the rollout of a fix. As and when any of these two things happen [but don’t keep your hopes high!], we will update this guide accordingly. In the meantime, the aforementioned workarounds are your best bet.